In a Nutshell

A night on a houseboat in the Kerala backwaters is one of South India’s unmissable experiences, and offer a fabulous glimpse into the rhythms of rural life.

At a Glance

  • One of the iconic experiences to do in Kerala
  • Set off on a day-trip, an overnight or two night adventure
  • All the houseboats we use are taken privately, are air-conditioned and have one, two or four bedrooms
  • You have your own chef on board who rustles up superb Keralan cuisine
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The Detail

The Kerala backwaters and its quiet waterside villages are a magical region to explore, and the very best way of experiencing the slow pace of life is aboard a private houseboat just for you, with a crew to look after and cook for you. The houseboast we use are converted rice barges and come with a private bedroom, bathroom, showers, flush toilets and hot water.

The daytime is spent peacefully gliding through the palm-fringed channels from village to village, and letting each scene slowly unfold. You will see children splashing in the water, fishermen working their nets and women washing clothes by hand.

Occasionally a traditional snakeboat will cruise past, or you will spot colourful birdlife. In the evening, the houseboat will moor up, and the crew will prepare a wonderful local Kerala meal. For those who wish to explore the backwaters deeper, we can arrange longer cruises.

Houseboat Itineraries

Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.

A Family Holiday to Kerala

Cochin - Kanam Estate - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

Spices, elephants, backwaters and beaches await you on a family holiday to Kerala, packed with fascinating experiences and a tropical climate, perfect for a winter-sun family adventure.

12 days from £1715 p. p.

Kerala and the Maldives

Cochin - Munnar - Backwaters - the Maldives  

Combine the bustling and colourful markets of Cochin, wander through tea plantations and cruise the backwaters of Kerala before kicking back on the turquoise blue lagoons of the Maldives on an ultimate twin-centre holiday.

13 days from £2295 p. p.

Classic Kerala

Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Lake Vembenad - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

Kerala is exceptionally laid-back, and a leisurely private tour allows you to see the markets and history of Cochin, tea estates, wildlife, spice plantations, backwaters and end on the Indian Ocean.

13 days from £1595 p. p.

Experiences

Travel is all about those unique and special moments which make you smile. Our aim is simple: to offer exceptionally unique and innovative itineraries that are totally personalised around you.